Why I Entered the Tech Industry

Ever felt tired of living for the weekend?

Well I certainly did! Fast forward about 10 years, and I’m finally doing something about it. At first, I felt lost in a sea of self-help books, and YouTube videos.

The first book that really stood out for me was ‘Own the Day, Own Your Life’ by Aubrey Marcus. It is basically plan for human optimization — one day at a time. Here is an excerpt from the website:

This is the instruction manual for the human operating system. This is a process that you can fall back on to lead you to the best version of yourself. Not a single step in this book is out of reach. You don’t need a 30 day plan, or a radical lifestyle change to become who you want to become. You just need one book, and one day. Own the day, Own your Life.

It was a great book to get my body and brain moving again. The next book that really stood out to me was ‘Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World’ by Cal Newport. I’ll leave another short summary for this book to paint a picture:

One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.

This lead me on the hunt for a highly technical, and cognitively demanding field where the sky is the limit as far as learning and mastery goes… Enter Web Development stage left. I picked up a couple of Udemy courses to test the waters, and each video left me more intrigued than the last. I shortly realized that the scope for learning and growth within the field is virtually limitless.

…So I was really getting into this web dev thing, and ready to make the next step… Enter HackerYou stage right.

I began searching Web Development coding bootcamps online, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the top ranked bootcamp in the country (and one of the top ranked in the world) was right at my doorstep (give or take a 2 hour commute, welp). I got on my grind like never before, and put my best into the application process. Did I mention that they are the highest ranked bootcamp in the country — it turns out they are highly selective. Needless to say, I grinded my way through a technical challenge, and was invited to participate in a group interview, which was amazing! It gave a great impression of what daily class would be like. Fast forward an anxious week, and I received the call letting me know I was accepted… elation! I think I even gave myself a high five (welp).

I am currently one week into the bootcamp, which hasn’t always been fun — but has been 100% fulfilling! From getting support working on my first project, to our first Salad Club Wednesday, it is like the whole group acts as one collective and supportive unit. I’m looking forward to see what other challenges the bootcamp has to offer that will help prepare all of us for the industry. To be continued…